Edition 23 — iPhone, Passwords, Digital Life
by Kartik Chaturvedi
The Big Stories
"Life moves pretty fast. 15 years ago today, the world met iPhone for the first time and in a moment everything changed. Many more big moments to come. https://t.co/eefFhIdR7T"Greg Joswiak on TwitteriPhone Turns 15
In one of the most iconic and unique product announcements ever, Steve Jobs unveiled the first iPhone 15 years ago — on January 9th, 2007 — and quite literally changed the world.
Webb Marks Major Milestone — Space Telescope Is Structurally Fully Deployedswarajyamag.com/science/webb-marks-major-milestone-space-telescope-is-structurally-fully-deployedWebb Space Telescope Is Structurally Fully Deployed
The engineering marvel that is the James Webb Space Telescope lapped up a major milestone over the weekend. Webb will eventually replace Hubble, but it has to cross many more milestones before it’s even operational. Currently, Webb has deployed its unique tennis-court-sized heat shield. This shield protects the infrared camera from the Sun’s heat (which would otherwise blind the camera).
Huge fines and a ban on default passwords in new UK lawBBC NewsUK bans default passwords
A lot of internet-connected devices come packaged with a default password to allow for easy connecting and setup for consumers. While most instructions warn users to change the password after setup, most don’t. Now, new rules are (finally) being introduced to discourage manufactures from setting default passwords to begin with, making internet-connected home devices less likely to be hacked.
Biden will sign an executive order to move government services onlineprotocol.com/bulletins/biden-executiv-order-government-modernizeUS goes digital
The Biden administration is directing 17 agencies to bring more of their services online, in an overdue and extremely necessary overhaul of some of the most time-consuming government services. Soon, citizens might even be able to apply for passports completely online.
Other Important News
Inside Apple Park: first look at the design team shaping the future of techwallpaper.comInside Apple Park: first look at the design team shaping the future of tech
Microsoft seizes domains used by “highly sophisticated” hackers in Chinaarstechnica.comMicrosoft seizes domains used by “highly sophisticated” hackers in China
A millipede with 1,300 legs has been found in Australia. It's a new record by farnpr.org/2021/12/17/1065101622/millipede-1300-legs-australiaA millipede with 1,300 legs has been found in Australia. It's a new record by far